sisters organized volunteers to help reclaim the community. john mccann's basement, for example, eight feet of salt water destroyed it. today, four volunteers help mccann strip it bear to prevent mold. they were sent by the jordan sisters. >> they took the bull by the horns and they've been running with it ever since. >> when we sent out volunteers, we would say, "you're going to gloria's house. her husband passed away, and she's there all by herself, and she needs her basement." >> reporter: doing that kind of thing just multiplied throughout the community. >> and it-- the word spread like wildfire. >> reporter: howard schneider is glad it did. accepted hit him hard. >> when we come here, sometimes there's strangers in our house just digging. >> reporter: a falank of volunteers dug the beach out of schneider's basement. he said never in his life has he hugged so many strangers. >> what these volunteers have done just today alone would have taken me five months to do. >> the jordan sisters take no credit. >> i'm astounded by the response from new york, how they've come down in droves.